If you need help, please call our 24-hour hotline at 918.214.8886.
Ray of Hope Advocacy Center is an Oklahoma Attorney General certified program, offering comprehensive intervention and prevention services to men, women, and children affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in Washington, Nowata, and portions of Osage County.
All persons have the right to live without fear, abuse, oppression, violence, and child abuse. There should be equality in relationships and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking should be helped to assume power over their own lives. Survivors should be treated with dignity and respect; all people involved in violent crimes are affected – victims, children, families, partners, friends, the community, and perpetrators. Offending is a choice, and perpetrators of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking are solely responsible for their behavior, and they should be held accountable for their behavior. Coordinated community response is the best approach to eliminating domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in Oklahoma; intervention and services shall be based upon the safety and well-being of individuals and communities. Services shall be provided in a non-judgmental, voluntary, non-coercive manner and take place in a safe, trauma-informed environment. Services should encourage self-determination, autonomy, physical and emotional safety, and provide information that will enable independence. Services shall respect cultural diversity by recognizing the spectrum of differences that exists among groups of people with definable and unique cultural backgrounds. Services shall be delivered from an approach that recognizes the impact of trauma and acknowledges the role of trauma in the lives of victims/survivors and their dependents.
- Domestic violence (Services for victims and children)
- Sexual assault (Services for victims)
- Stalking (Services for victims)
- Teen dating violence
- Protective orders
- Safety planning
- Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Medical Exams (in partnership with SAFE-NOW)
- Advocacy for sexual assault exams
- Court advocacy
- Healthy relationships
- Education for pre-teens, teens, and adults
- Client Surveys
The stalking log should be used to record and document all stalking-related behavior, including harassing phone calls, text messages, letters, e-mail messages, acts of vandalism, and threats communicated through third parties. When reporting the incidents to law enforcement, always write down the officer’s name and badge number for your own records. Even if the officers do not make an arrest, you can ask them to make a written report and request a copy for your records.
If you are a victim of stalking, it can be critical to maintain a log of stalking-related incidents and behavior, especially if you choose to engage with the criminal or civil justice systems. Recording this information will help to document the behavior for protection order applications, divorce and child custody cases, or criminal prosecution. It can also help preserve your memory of individual incidents about which you might later report or testify.
January: National Stalking and Human Trafficking Awareness Months
February: National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
April: National Sexual Assault Awareness Month; Child Abuse Awareness Month
October: National Domestic Violence Awareness Month